With An Eye On The Breed
Von Gailingen Rottweilers
Adapted from Barbara J. Andrews' ShowSight Magazine Simple Seven Breed Interviews
1. What is the biggest misconception about the Rottweiler?
That they are alligators that eat children for breakfast.
2. What is the Rottweiler’s most defining characteristic?
3. Which behavioral characteristic most typifies the breed.
Confidence in all situations.
4. What is the most common judging mistake in Rottweilers.
Rewarding extremes, especially unbalanced front to rear and long bodies.
5. Would you prefer the Rottweiler be judged standing or moving?
Without question moving.
6. What cosmetic alterations should judges know about.
Not too many in Rottweilers but entropion fixes and dental appliances are perhaps the biggest two.
7. What 3 words best describe the Rottweiler?
Calm, Confident and Athletic.
Catherine, there's a few more questions I'd like to add to the Simple 7. Are you agreeable?
Of course, I'm happy to talk about
Not really too important to the total picture, but they sure are nice to have.
9. Could current emphasis on reach and drive be problematic?
It already is. We are seeing over angulated dogs that over reach and are not in balance with their front assemblies.
10. Has rear angulation changed and, if so, why?
It went from somewhat straight and cowhocked to over-done and hocky. It is easier to fix rears, unfortunately, it seems fronts were neglected.
11. What effect, if any, could a long tail have on the Rottweiler?
None it only changes the appearance. If it is a really nice dog, you get over the appearance in a hurry.
Health certification wise, yes absolutely.
13. In what way has the Rottweiler character changed since the 70s?
We had quite a few very sharp dogs in the early seventies, now we see much calmer, more confident dogs. I fear though that some of our dogs lack the courage that they should have. These are NOT Goldens in black and tan clothes, nor should they be.
14. What are the most important contributions you feel your breeding program has made to the Rottweiler?
I tried very hard to maintain type, body proportions and structural soundness. Most of my breeding stock is known for their good fronts and short backs.
On behalf of all students of the Rottweiler breed, we thank Catherine Thompson for taking the time to provide this information.